The Movie Club Podcast #9: Fucking Amal and Heavenly Creatures

Once again we have teamed up with the good folks over at Row Three to bring you the latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast. Every month we pick two movies to dissect and discuss, one of which is voted on by listeners like you. The choices this time around are Lukas Moodysson’s Fucking Amal and Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures.

Episode #9 is now online over at www.movieclubpodcast.com, where you can also contribute your own thoughts in the comments section and vote on movies for the following episode.

Next month we will be watching Michael Mann’s The Insider starring Russell Crowe and Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston.

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  • But when are you going to do “Fuckin’ ‘Em All”?

  • Andreas

    It will be interesting to listen to your opinions on Moodysson´s big breakthrough , I guess both here in Sweden as well as internationally.

  • DDH

    Excellent podcast. Fucking Amal is one of my all-time favorites. The Swedish one-sheet adorns my wall, and is the only poster I never rotate out.

    Heavenly Creatures is another favorite.

  • Lisa

    Hi Sean,
    As an avid Fucking Amal fan who first saw the film in the cinema on my 14th birthday and have actually watched the film in Amal itself as well as driving around Amal, blasting the soundtrack – I sometimes get into a very nostalgic mood and geek away watching the film and reading reviews. This is how I came across your podcast 5 years after it was released.
    Firstly, let me just tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very interesting to hear what people from other cultures and backgrounds see in something that I take for granted. To discover the differences as well as the things that appear universal.
    The only thing I disagreed with, and the reason for writing to you, were the last few comments about the soundtrack. You said it was amazing how much American popular culture you could notice in the soundtrack as well as stating that the magazines the girls were reading were English. Unfortunately, I have to correct you on these assumptions.
    Firstly, the magazines the girls were reading (the in/out list discussed RE ‘rave’ etc) were from Swedish girly mags – mags that all of us read. I probably even have copies of the same editions that they had in the film. This point is relatively minor though. It’s the OST that is the more important matter.
    I actually went through the OST and could only find one band that clearly was American (Foreigner). The large majority were Swedish bands including three or four songs by Broder Daniel, a haunted indie band that thanks to the film made a massive come back and ruled the domestic music scene for ages, even having an army of dedicated fans that all dressed in a certain way and were of a certain mindset (myself included). Without the film, they’d never had that push into the more mainstream consciousness. In fact, Moodyson himself said in an interview that the only reason they didn’t have any Morriessey/Smiths songs were that it was too expensive and would totally have ruined the budget of the film (which is rumoured to have been less than that of an average music video).
    I’m sorry for venting all of this and being this pernickety. The Fucking Amal OST became a massive commercial hit in Sweden for a long time and considering how far off the comments in the podcast were about it I thought you might find it all at least a little bit interesting. I think that perhaps your interpretation of it all being very American is the fact that a lot of popular culture references and sounds and influences are the same or very similar across large parts of the world. But I would not call that specifically American. Perhaps a bit ‘americanised’, but there’s too much local flavour to make it anything more than that.
    As for myself, this film has meant more to my personal development than most other popular culture and that’s why I really enjoy listening to how other people have interpreted it.
    Thanks for a good podcast and I hope you don’t find all of this too annoying.
    Regards,
    Lisa